So you just finished marathoning the latest season of House of Cards and with Game of Thrones still a month away, you are dying to find a show to keep you occupied during your precious downtime and lets face it, having House Hunters International marathons with your parents just isn’t as stimulating as they said it would be. The good news is that we are currently living in a truly golden age of television, where good tv can be found just about anywhere thanks in large part to the power of streaming. Thankfully, we no longer live in a day dominated by case of the week television, which left us feeling unsatisfied due to its lack of interesting characters and absence of a long story arc, which makes our television binges that much more satisfying.
The only issue us millennials have with all the incredible tv shows available to us, is that there are simply too many shows to watch. As our lists get longer and longer, we begin to overlook the smaller, less well known shows, which never really catch our eye right off the bat, but the moment we give it a chance we become immediately hooked. We always enjoy a tv show more when our expectations are zero and we have never seen any type of trailer because it makes all the characters, plot developments and twists that much more satisfying. When a show becomes unpredictable for all the right reasons, we will binge regardless of the plot.
To those of you who just couldn’t stay awake in history, let me remind you that 11/22/63 is the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Having said that, James Franco plays high school teacher Jake Epping, who is given a mission to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy from ever happening. However, his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which inevitably doesn’t want to be changed, nor should be changed in the first place. Imagined by the beautiful mind of Stephen King, 11/22/63 is a pure delight that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning, leading to the satisfying finale that will truly make you happy Amazon started creating original television.
10. You’re The Worst
Don’t worry, the title does not reflect your immediate reaction right after you start watching the show. You’re The Worst tells the story of two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship. What makes this comedy so unique are the characters themselves, who feel so real that after you finish watching the pilot, you immediately love them and become absolutely fascinated by them, despite the fact that the main characters can be quite obnoxious. Intelligent, hysterical and full of heart, this show will have you rolling on the floor laughing after the first episode and will only make you want to watch more.
Starring the fabulous Constance Zimmer as the female Ari Gold, UnREAL tells the story of all the chaos that happens behind the scenes of a reality dating competition program. Now I know what you’re thinking, you hate the idea of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, so why the hell would you possibly watch this? I’ll tell you why: aside from the brilliant writing and likeable characters, this show features one of the most intriguing storylines on television right now that will simultaneously frighten you and leave you wanting more. This show puts the ‘D’ in drama and is well worth the binge.
This chilling sci-fi thriller takes a familiar plot and somehow adds something new to it. HUMANS takes place in an alternative present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy person or family is a Synth, a truly innovative robotic servant that is eerily similar to a real human. This insightful drama explores complex themes about how much faith we put into technology and how its slowly changing our lives. Aside from making us question whether or not its ok to have sex with a robot, this wonderfully acted show builds tension from the very beginning and features some truly vivid character development that is sure to please any tv junkie looking to be disturbingly enlightened.
7. Mozart In The Jungle
Winner of 2 Golden Globes and created by actor Jason Schwartzman, this thoroughly enjoyable dramedy follows the members of the New York Symphony Orchestra lead by their crass, but brilliant director wonderfully acted by Gael Garcia Bernal, who decides to shake things up, while Hailey, played by Lola Kirke searches for her big break. Who said classical music had to be boring? This supremely witty comedy reminds us about what it means to pursue our passions, no matter how impossible they may be, while entertaining us and showcasing a very different side of classical performers.
6. Man Seeking Woman
No, I am not reciting your current goal in life that takes top priority, I am talking about a hilarious romantic comedy about a naive romantic who embarks on the journey of a lifetime to find his one true love after his longtime girlfriend dumps him. Starring the guy who plays Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon, also known as Jay Baruchel, Man Seeking Woman delightfully portrays everything you could possibly go through when it comes to dating in your 20s in the most hilarious ways imaginable. This show displays our most disturbing imaginations for the naked eye to see to remind us that what we are going through is perfectly natural and it is ok to have so many bad dates because it could be the beginning of a great story to tell everyone later.
4. Recovery Road
Based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road revolves around a teenage girl named Maddie, a party girl, as well as a highly functioning addict. Realizing that she needs help, Maddie makes the tough decision to go live in a rehab facility, while dealing with the other issues you are plagued with as a teenager. This show really surprised me because it perfectly blends comedy, drama and romance into this recovery story that shows you the dire consequences of being an addict and how hard it truly is to even get better.
Yet another wonderful show from future television behemoth Amazon, Catastrophe reminds us that there is still a place in our lives for a tv show in the form of a romantic comedy, especially whose actors have undeniable chemistry. This side-splittinly funny show tells the story of American boy Rob who gets an Irish girl by the name of Sharon pregnant, while they are both on a week-long business trip to London. You will most likely cringe after realizing what you are laughing at, but overall after you give this show a try, I guarantee it will be an instant guilty pleasure you will finish quickly and eagerly await more episodes to keep your precious spare time entertaining.
This show’s slow pace can be very daunting to some, but if you give it a chance, you will realize how incredible this show truly is. Rectify tells the story of Daniel Holden, who after serving 19 years in prison on death row is given the chance to put his life back together after new DNA evidence puts his conviction in jeopardy. Also starring Harvey Spector’s true love, Abigail Spencer, Rectify features flawless acting, near perfect writing and truly thought provoking storytelling that will have you leave you speechless as this truly unique story unfolds and excites your senses with its truly beautiful imagery.
2. Mr. Robot
This show was renewed for a second season before it even premiered and judging by critical reception and growing fandom, USA knew exactly what kind of show they had on their hands. Rami Malek plays Eliot, a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder who forms connections with people by hacking them. Eliot then gets recruited by an anarchist who calls himself Mr. Robot, played wonderfully by Christian Slater, who enlists his help in trying to destroy all the major corporations. A near perfect pilot is only the beginning of this fresh and addictive series, which will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you watch it.
1. Silicon Valley
Creator of the greatest penis joke of all time and inspired by Mike Judges’ own experiences as an engineer in the late 1980s, Silicon Valley follows the steady rise of a tech company as they hope to achieve success in the high-tech gold mine that is Silicon Valley. This stellar cast and intelligently stupid script alone make this comedy the very best on television right now. If you have never watched this show, do yourself a favour and go binge all 20 episodes that are available and learn what it means to live in agony while you impatiently wait for new episodes to be made because we are witnessing the making of a future and my God, it is absolutely brilliant.